London has plenty of markets. Imagine yourself walking down the mazes of stalls, sampling delicious food and stopping by your favorite vendor to have a chat. There’s no tourists, just energetic locals. Ah, to live in London.
We’ve all heard of Camden Town and Portobello, but do you know these not-so-known London markets that manage to fight off (just metaphorically, of course) tourists and keep the local charm?
Here’s 5 underrated London markets you should visit!
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1. Brockley Market
Located just next to Lewisham College, this award-winning market features some of the best-looking vegetables and the most delicious food. Maybe I’m biased as I used to live in the area and visited the market every Sunday morning – totally worth it.
Where is it? Brockley, South East London
Closest station: St Johns train station, Brockley train station and Overgorund
2. Queen’s Market
Queen’s Market is popular with locals and often overlooked by tourists who have never even considered traveling to the Upton Park area. But did you know that this is one of the cheapest London markets ever? According to LondonTown, you can find 60 local shops and 80 stalls here, full of every kinds of food.
Where is it? Upton Park, East London
Closest station: Upton Park Underground station (District, Hammersmith&City)
3. Notting Hill Farmers
Sure, you’ve probably heard of this one. After all, it’s just a step away from everyone’s beloved Notting Hill. But how many of you have actually spent more than 15 minutes in this scenic market and browsed through a river of stalls? They call it the local’s best kept secret and we think it should stay that way.
Where is it? Notting Hill, West London
Closest station: Notting Hill Gate (Central, District and Circle line)
Top tip: Notting Hill Farmers is the best place to pick out flowers for your loved ones!
4. Twilight Market
No, it doesn’t sell Twilight books.
This brand new Walthamstow-based market doesn’t follow the regular rules. It runs every Thursday between 4pm and 10pm. Yep, it’s not a Sunday market. Not even a Saturday one. We’ve never heard of a ‘Thursday market’ before but that’s not the only thing that makes it special. Along with fantastic food, it also features themed events and new traders are welcome to participate!
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Where is it? Walthamstow, North East London
Closest station: Walthamstow Central Overground and Underground (Victoria line)
5. Whitecross Street Market
Located in Islington, Whitecross Street Market is largely underrated, however the locals would prefer to keep it this way. You can find some of the best quality and best in general street food here – perfect for taking your tourist friends on a market experience they’ll never forget. Bring your camera!
**Where is it?** Walthamstow, Central(ish) London
**Closest station: **Barbican Station (Circle, Hammersmith&City, Metropolitan)
Did we miss your favorite market? Let us know!
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